Mechanical traction devices may include the use of…

What is mechanical traction?

Mechanical traction is the application of sustained or intermittent mechanical unloading to the spine.

The mechanical traction force produces distraction between the vertebrae thereby relieving pain and increasing tissue flexibility; generally for the cervical and lumbar spines.

Mechanical traction devices may include the use of a table, vest, weights, or pneumatic devices.

The standard CPT definition for mechanical traction is 97012: Application of a modality 1 or more areas; traction, mechanical.

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